Italy: Naples still under rubbish mountain
23 November 2010
"Everything is as it was two years ago," headlines La Stampa. With a quote from one of the European Commission inspectors dispatched to Naples to evaluate compliance with the EU directive on waste and the European Court of Justice ruling on the management of the city’s unending rubbish crisis, the Turin daily reports that plans to improve waste disposal infrastructure may now be in jeopardy. The inspectors will have the power to grant or withdraw €158 million in funding for the construction of new incinerators. As it stands, the local government appears to be unable to do anything about the 2,500 tonnes of waste piled up in the streets of Naples. "It is particularly painful to have to listen to foreigners, in this case EU representatives, saying that no progress has been made in Campania [the Naples region]," remarks a disgruntled Il Sole 24 Ore.